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Village installs stop signs to control traffic

Aug 30, 2019 2:15 pm
Sarah Trafton is reporting for Columbia-Greene Media new stop signs have been posted in the village of Catskill, at the intersections of Day Street and Woodland Avenue, and Grace Court and Woodland Avenue. The signs were installed in early August following a traffic study conducted by village police. The study was prompted by concerned residents, Trustee Peter Grasse said. High speeds on Woodland Avenue have been a persistent problem for many years, he said. Previous village boards have voiced concern about danger to small children and other pedestrians. Catskill police monitored the street and confirmed that drivers were ignoring the posted speed limit, Grasse said. However, the state does not recommend stop signs as a method of speed control, according to according to the state Traffic Sign Handbook for Local Roads. Trustee Joseph Kozloski said the board followed the suggestion of Department of Public Works Superintendent Michael McGrath and Police Chief David Darling. A stop sign was also recently added at the intersection of Bridge and Spring streets, he said. Darling said in the case of Woodland Avenue, the volume of traffic was the issue, not speed. “People were using it as a shortcut to get to the bridge,” he said. A hearing for village officials to receive public comment on the new signs will be held September 25. Read the full story at HudsonValley360 [dot] com.